Tell It To Naomi
If I didn't think it would possibly insult him, I'd say he really knows how to write like a girl. What I mean by that is that his books are those rare finds featuring a boy as the lead character and a plot that doesn't revolve around physical activity or any of the other commonly accepted "boy" topics.
These are believable male characters feeling believable things and stumbling through life as best (and as humorously) as they can. That makes Ehrenhaft's books great crossovers -- it doesn't matter if you are male or female, young or old...you'll find something to like.
In Tell It To Naomi, Dave is a fairly typical sophomore guy with a crush on a senior girl. Through a little bit of chance, a bit of subterfuge, and quite a bit of courage, he winds up writing his high school paper's advice column. The thing is...everything thinks it's a female columnist (his older sister), including the teachers.
Through writing the column, Dave learns a lot about himself and his fellow students. Before you start thinking "Oh no, another lesson book," think again. It's all funny stuff and any lessons you learn aren't shoved down your throat.
I particularly like the fact that Dave is very human. He's not always right and he's not always wrong.There aren't any caricatures in this book.
I recommend this book for guys and gals, especially those age 13 and up.
"Dave Rosen has a secret. "Naomi," the wise, witty, always-on-target, female writer behind his high school's hit advice column, is, well, him. A native New Yorker who likes secondhand CD shops, The Simpsons, and meatball heroes. And that's a problem. First, off, Dave is definately not a girl (he's in touch with his feminine side, but in a manly way). So what if he doesn't talk like a "normal guy"? He's got his upbringing in a Lower East Side apartment full of insane women to blame. Second, he's gangly, and frankly, unglamorous. Just like his best friend, Cheese (the name says it all). And most important, Dave is only fifteen! A kid like him doesn't have all the answers. he doesn't even have most of the answers. Dave got himself dragged into this fiasco because he wanted to help out his older sister, the real Naomi - and because he let himself be onvinced that it mihgt, in some lantic way, help him meet his dream girl, Celeste Fanucci, the senior who gets his weak little sophomore heart racing. If DAve could get Celeste to write in and open up her soul to "Naomi", he could use this secret knowledge to transform himself. He could bridge the unbridgable chasm between sophomore boys and senior girls. It's a grand, grand scheme. And it's about to go haywire."
I thought this book was hilarious. Just the idea of it. I felt really sorry for Dave too, feeling that he'd never get the girl because of how young he was. However, you have to love his ingenuity and cleverness. Tell It To Naomi was a quick, easy read, but it was enjoyable and fun. Ehrenhaft is an author to look out for.
Dave Rosen is a normal sophmore boy but he has a big secret. He's in love with a senior girl, Celeste, who just transfered. And he needs a plan to make her his.
But Dave has quite a few problems on his hands. First of all, his only friend, Cheese, and he have gotten into an arguement. And since he has no friends in school, he can't find out anything about Celeste unless he does something himself.
One day, Dave gets an idea from Celeste. With the help of his sister, the real Naomi, he becomes Naomi, the author of the advice column from his school newspaper, hoping that Celeste will write in. Dave develops an online friendship with FONY, a regular who writes to him constantly. But his plan to get Celeste fails and Dave has to do something quickly to fix it.
I thought that Tell It To Naomi was a really funny book. It was such a quick read. Once I started it, I was hooked and I couldn't put it down. Dave is a funny character and he gets into the ridiculous situations. I would definately recommend this book to my friends. It's a great read for the summer.